North set to miss Saints’ game at Bath

MISSING OUT - George North is unlikely to face Bath this weekend
MISSING OUT - George North is unlikely to face Bath this weekend

George North is ‘unlikely’ to play for Saints at Bath on Saturday, according to forwards coach Dorian West.

The 22-year-old wing has been undertaking concussion protocols after suffering two hefty blows to the head in Wales’s Six Nations defeat to England on February 6.

He was left out of the team that travelled to Scotland last Sunday, with Scarlets man Liam Williams taking his place in the side.

But North is symptom-free and Saints boss Jim Mallinder claimed last week that the wing could be in contention for this weekend’s trip to the Recreation Ground.

However, West now says that is unlikely, with the player set to remain with Wales, who have this weekend off before returning to Six Nations action against France on February 28.

“It’s still up in the air where he is at the moment with his fitness so it’s unlikely he’ll be involved with us this weekend,” said West.

“We’ll see what their selection brings next week, so hopefully he’ll be playing for Wales, but we’ll see.

“I’ve not spoken to him at all. He’s away with Wales and if he’s fit he only comes back to us if they don’t choose to pick him.

“We’ll see where we’re at next week.

“He had a couple of bangs on his head and they need to make sure they’re doing the right thing with him for his long-term health.

“It’s in their hands to make sure they’re doing the best for him to make sure he gets back to full fitness.”